Gunmen attack police station in western Iraq, seize hostages
Gunmen stormed a police station and seized a number of hostages in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Monday, a provincial police source told Xinhua.
Thirteen gunmen wearing military uniforms Monday morning broke into the police station of the town of al-Baghdadi, some 170 km northwest of Baghdad, and took control of the station, the source from Anbar's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attackers planted bombs in the compound of the police station and blew up some buildings after they seized some police officers inside the station, the source added.
There is no immediate information about the casualties and the exact number of hostages because Iraqi security forces cordoned off the compound and trading fire with the gunmen who holed up inside, the source said.
Insurgent attacks continue in the once volatile Sunni Arab area in west of Baghdad that stretches through Anbar province to Iraq's western borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.